Apple Won 69 Patents Today covering a Stereo System that can reset itself to be centered to Listeners and more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 69 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our last patent report of the day we cover a next-gen stereo system from Apple that could contain cameras in the speakers that could determine where the listeners are in the room and reset the configuration of the speakers to deliver the right stereo sound. Also, one of the first patents that Apple acquired from Intel surfaced today that covers antennas. As always, we wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Method to Determine Loudspeaker Change of Placement
The first granted patent is titled "Method to Determine Loudspeaker Change of Placement." Today's granted patent covers a system and method for determining whether a loudspeaker device has relocated, tilted, rotated, or otherwise been moved such that one or more parameters for driving the loudspeaker may be modified and/or a complete reconfiguration of the loudspeaker or the loudspeaker system may be performed.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 below shows a view of a listening area with an audio receiver, a set of loudspeakers, and a listener; FIG. 7A shows an overhead view of the bottom end of a loudspeaker with an integrated camera facing downwards; FIG. 7B shows the direction/perspective captured by the camera integrated within the loudspeaker
Apple's granted patent 10,567,901 was filed in Q3 2017 in the U.S. and published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Patently Apple covered this as a patent application in September 2017 and you could review it here for more graphics and information.
An Antenna system acquired from Intel
On July 25, 2019 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Signs Agreement to Acquire the Majority of Intel's 5G Modem Business to Further Differentiate its Products." Today one of the first acquired patents was granted by the U.S. Patent Office and it's for one that's not related to 5G directly.
Apple's patent FIGS. 2A and 2B below illustrate an antenna system #200 according to an exemplary aspect of this invention. Patent FIG. 2A illustrates a top view of the antenna system and FIG. 2B illustrates a bottom view of the antenna system 200. The antenna system 200 includes a high-band electromagnetic coupler #212, a high-band radiator #210, a mid-band electromagnetic coupler #222, and a mid-band radiator #220. The high-band electromagnetic coupler #212, a high-band radiator #210, a mid-band electromagnetic coupler #222, and a mid-band radiator #220 can be exemplary aspects of the high-band electromagnetic coupler #112, a high-band radiator #110, a mid-band electromagnetic coupler #122, and a mid-band radiator #120, respectively, of the antenna systems 100, 101.
The antenna system #200 can also include one or more other antennas (radiators and corresponding couplers), including, for example antenna #240 and antenna #242. Antenna #240 can be an antenna configured to support, for example, WLAN frequency ranges and/or low-band frequency ranges (e.g., 700 MHz to 960 MHz). Antenna #242 can be configured to support, for example, WLAN and/or GNSS frequencies.
The antenna system #200 can also include one or more input/output ports, such as audio jack #244 and High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port #246. The HDMI port can be mounted on, for example, a top surface #202 of the PCB. A speaker #248 can also be mounted on the bottom side #204 of the PCB.
Apple's granted patent 10,566,689 was filed in Q3 2015 and published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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